STAYING IN CHANGSHA
Life in Changsha offers all the benefits of China's dynamic growth and the vibe of a big Chinese city without the sprawl of China's larger metropolises. Hunan's capital has grown in stature over the last decade, becoming a vibrant urban environment that embraces progress without ignoring or forgetting its rich, 3,000-year history. Changsha also benefits from its sub-tropical climate and beautiful surroundings, including mountains and the mighty Xiang River that divides the city in two, fringed with tree-lined streets and wide boulevards. The father of modern China, Mao Zedong, once lived in Changsha and today visitors to the city will see a sizable sculpted bust of the younger Mao gazing over the city and the Xiang River on Jizizhou (Orange) Island.
Changsha is a city renowned for its art scene and architecture, earning its status as a UNESCO Creative City for media and the arts. Urban architecture buffs will love some of Changsha's most iconic structures, including the Changsha Meixihu Cultural and Arts Centre (designed by one of the world's most renowned architects, the late Zaha Hadid), and the Lucky Knot Bridge – more a work of art and cited by CNN as one of the world's most spectacular bridges. Hunan's capital brings all the fire of Hunan's cuisine to the plate, with fiery dishes aplenty for chilli lovers. There's also a fantastic international food scene, and plenty of dining options for families during your stay in Modena by Fraser serviced apartments in Changsha.